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  •  I don't think we can say this often enough! (8+ / 0-)

         

    The public option for Healthcare is not negotiable

      When you think about it, this is not even the best option. This is still going to cost people an unknown amount, depending on how good the plan is, and leave many others paying too much for less than full coverage. Nor is the most cost-effective way to go. We would STILL not be getting maximum bang for our bucks (our out of pocket money and our tax money).
     The best option is a Single Payer program, but the lobbyists, which Obama decried in the campaign, are too powerful on behalf of the HMO's, which we neither need nor want because their huge profits is where our health care bucks lose their bang.
     This Public Option option is a compromise. It sucks that we have to compromise on basics, but that's what compromise is: It sucks, but it's still a big improvement over the National disgrace we have now.
     But without the Public Option, there isn't much point. We the People still get royally screwed, so fat-assed CEOs, and legions of HMO "executives" make unreasonable profits while providing no value, or better said, providing negative value as their maximum profits are achieved by providing minimum care.
     We cannot accept that. We must work hard on this one, but in the end, if the plan falls short, we should not support it, or we'll be stuck with it.
     We've compromised already, so I'll repeat:
       
       The public option for Healthcare is not negotiable

     

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Sun May 03, 2009 at 02:35:41 PM PDT

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    •  single payer is a COMPROMISE (3+ / 0-)
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      phonegery, elwior, mideedah

      IMO, we'd be better off going full-up socialized at this point.

      because single-payer just shells out the money, and we're already at the point where you're paying $12 for a little roll of tape, and god forbid you get in an ambulance - might as well be riding in the getaway vehicle for  the brinks job.

      so we're never going to reduce costs sufficiently unless we get a fully public system where you can just pay people normal salaries and get supplies at normal prices.  the profiteering has got to be completely eradicated.

      but anyway, i agree that the public option is the line in the sand.  we get it, we're making progress toward getting real healthcare.  and ben nelson's right in that the insurers will not be able to compete effectively (because they are required to profiteer), and that's exactly why they need to go.  but we can do it by people starting to vote with their feet instead of by washington mandate.  

      if there's no public option, we should be loud and clear that washington has completely failed to do anything about healthcare, no matter how much our side will want to spin whatever POS they pass as a "victory."

      l'homme est né libre, et partout il est dans les fers

      by zeke L on Sun May 03, 2009 at 05:51:00 PM PDT

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